Down with smoking in Antibes! Warning to smokers, you’ll have to learn to put out your cigarette before entering certain open air spaces.
Already established for several years within the Ramparts, the smoking ban will soon be extended to certain open public spaces. This was decided unanimously by the majority of elected officials and the opposition during a city council meeting.
After a reminder of the number of deaths connected to tobacco “estimated at 73,000 including 44,000 by cancer each year in France,” the deputy of health, Eric Duplay, presented the label “Espace sans tabac” (Tobacco-less Space), launched by the Ligue contre le Cancer (Anti-Cancer League): “We need to establish tobacco-less public outdoor spaces in areas that are not already covered by the public spaces smoking ban.”
An approach that aims to “fight against the normalization of tobacco use in order to prevent smoking, particularly among the youth.” And in order to do that, the municipality is issuing a municipal decree to officialize this approach.
Ten spaces within the Ramparts are thus preparing to label cigarettes as persona non grata. Starting with the municipally owned beaches, like Richelieu and la Garoupe. As well as enclosed public gardens: Pauline garden, Exflora park, Pinède castle, and the Rabiac-Estagnol park. Sites “at risk” such as Eilenroc villa and its gardens, the sea and coastline area, the coast path, and the Juan-les-Pins pine forests are all positively affected by the ban.
In order to ensure good communication of the ban message and prevent cigarette butts from piling up in front of the entryway of each site, “there is a plan to install street receptacles dedicated to cigarette butt disposal at each entrance.” Signposts and waste collectors will thus soon flourish. The cost of this operation that is “shared by all of us, collectively, is estimated at 25,000 Euros” specified the health deputy before stressing the environmental interest of such a measure: “Each year millions of cigarette butts are thrown into nature. They are not biodegradable.”
The assembly has given its consent for the creation of “tobacco-less spaces.” Some council members wanted “to go even further” for certain spaces, like Anne Chevalier, elected official from the opposition (Front National) who proposes the installation of “new tobacco-less spaces around preschools and primary schools in order to limit children’s exposure to adults who smoke.”
Adopted unanimously, a general appeasement is sensed after the deliberation.
Cécile Dumas, elected official of the opposition (Front de gauche (FDG)) asks a pertinent question on the fly, “And the electronic cigarette?” “No, it is also not authorized,” answers Mayor Jean Leonetti, before the city officials who, after this summer, will see fewer smoke clouds.
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Original article, originally published in French here.
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